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#1 LFC

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Posted 05 April 2019 - 11:18 AM

It was just a matter of time, I guess. Trump's favorite ally controller Russia is in the thick of it, of course.

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The orders in Libya are clear: “Don’t shoot civilians if they are waving a white flag.” But what’s not clear is whether Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar’s rogue Libyan National Army will listen as it advances toward Tripoli, guns blazing. The militia army, which is known to have some ISIS fighters in its ranks, has taken the town of Gharyan, about 50 miles from Tripoli, and is moving west toward the Libyan capital.

“We hear your call, Tripoli,” Haftar told his militiamen, according to propaganda tapes of a speech released on social media and reported by the Libya Observer. “It is now the time for the great victory. March forward.”

In a long video meant to rally the troops, Haftar is heard saying, “Today, you heroes, enter Tripoli conquerors with peace, using peace with those who raise no arms against you, and using war against those who do.”

The escalation comes after weeks of military buildup by Haftar, who controls much of eastern Libya from his base in Benghazi with the support of Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. (In the recent past, France has supported him; in the distant past, he allegedly had ties to the CIA while living in Virginia).

Haftar’s rule in parts of Libya is in direct defiance of a U.N.-backed government led by the country’s Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, which is supported by the United States, the European Union, Turkey and Qatar.

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Posted 05 April 2019 - 11:45 AM

I love it how the basically gutless eastern faction for whom we started the war in their defense are marching on Misrata, whose residents were the most effective combatants against Qaddafi, and essentially won the war.

The EU really drop kicked the postwar. Sound familiar?
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Posted 07 April 2019 - 04:04 PM

The latest on the war in Libya.

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U.S. Africa Command confirmed that it has relocated a contingent of American forces in Libya as tensions rise in the North African nation, according to the BBC. Foreign nationals working in the oil sector, including those from Italy and France, have also been evacuated as rebel forces under rogue general Khalifa Haftar march towards Tripoli. The U.S. and U.N.- backed government based in Tripoli says it conducted airstrikes on Saturday to try to keep Haftar’s advancing forces at bay, killing at least 14 people. The U.S. African command said in a statement that they had relocated troops. “Due to increased unrest in Libya, a contingent of U.S. forces supporting U.S. Africa Command temporarily relocated from the country in response to security conditions on the ground. U.S. Africa Command’s mission in Libya involves military support to diplomatic missions, counter-terrorism activities, enhancing partnerships, and improving security across the region.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 09:53 PM

I always say if you want to understand what is happening just follow the money. Things rarely 'just happen'.
A doctor knows a little about a lot. A specialist knows a lot about a little. In time the doctor knows less and less about more and more and the specialist knows more and more about less and less until ultimately the doctor knows nothing about everything and the specialist knows everything about nothing.





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